LOS ANGELES - Stanford's version of Montee Ball just might be senior running back Stepfan Taylor.
Like Ball, Taylor has made a mark on his program's record books. His 4,200 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns are both Stanford career records.
"It doesn't matter how many guys are in the box, we're going to hand the ball off to him. And it doesn't matter sometimes if we don't block it perfectly, he's going to make a guy miss," Stanford Head Coach David Shaw said.
"I just got to hit that hole and go," Taylor said. "The offensive line, fullbacks, quarterbacks, receivers, they are all doing their job and team first type players to make this offense work."
"His daily work habits are unmatched," Shaw continued, "He comes in every single day and goes extremely hard, goes after it and does more. All of our young running backs, we just say, 'Do what he does.' We don't have to yell or scream. We just have to say follow him and if you can keep up, you're going to be a pretty good football player."
Taylor and Ball will become the first duo of starting running backs in Rose Bowl history to come into the game with over nine thousand combined rushing yards. Both players are projected to be selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft.17947280